Annapolis becomes the center of the boating universe the first two weekends in October. The Powerboat Show comes first, October 5–8, followed by the Sailboat Show, October 12–15. For each event, an army of workers assembles an armada of floating docks, all packed to the gills with the latest new boats from the U.S. and abroad, all on display in their natural habitat. In fact, when the sailboat show was launched in 1970, it was the world’s first in-water boat show, and it still reigns as the largest and best-attended event of its kind.
With only four days to see everything at each show, and all those docks and exhibit tents to navigate, it pays to plan ahead. Here are just a few examples of boats not to miss at the shows, as selected by our advertisers. See you at the shows!
Grady-White Freedom 375
This new 37’ dual console blends the best characteristics of a bowrider cruiser and a sportfishing boat. It boasts plenty of room for a crowd with plush seating, including wraparound bow seating with tables. The array of fishing attributes begins with a large self-draining cockpit, digitally controlled thermostat on the aft fish box, a 30-gal. livewell and optional outriggers.
Standard features that add to all-day comfort include the hardtop with AV²® enclosure, air conditioning at the helm and inside the console, and an electronically sliding sunroof and SureShade® to provide protection on sunny days. With Grady’s award-winning SeaV²® hull and the standard Seakeeper® 5 stabilization system, the 375 can seamlessly go from one water activity to another.
It’s available with twin or triple Yamaha V6 and V8 four-stroke outboards and Helm Master joystick for docking. The Freedom 375 on display at the Annapolis Powerboat Show is powered by triple Yamaha F-450s.
The saloon features an L-shaped seating area. In the spacious cabin below the port console, a retractable seat converts electronically to form a large double bed. Another full-length single berth lies aft of the seating area, along with a bulkhead-mounted flat-screen TV, with storage beneath the berths. A second cabin under the starboard side console contains the head, shower and vanity.
The galley/wet bar sits aft of the helm, facing the rear cockpit and boasts an electric grill/BBQ, a sink with hot and cold water, a dual-voltage fridge/freezer and plenty of storage.
The companionway between the two consoles leads forward to the bow seating area, where there’s plenty of convertible seating and several storage lockers.
The helm provides a clear view fore and aft and features a tilt-adjust steering wheel and digital throttle controls. The dash has plenty of room for a compass, VHF radio, engine instrumentation and two large instrument screens.
Available from Tri-State Marine, www.tristatemarine.com.
LOA: 36 ft. 7 in.
BEAM: 13 ft. 2 in.
DRAFT: 2 ft. 5 in.
DEADRISE: 20.6 deg
WEIGHT: 21,200 lb. (w/ power)
FUEL: 320 gal.
Power: Triple Yamaha F-450s
The Tartan 365 moves the performance in “performance cruising” genre into another gear. This modern dual-purpose, family-friendly boat is a bit leaner than other models in the line and sports a very long waterline. Tartan’s advanced laminating resins and reinforcements brought together in their industry-leading infusion process makes for a very strong hull, yet displacement remains moderate at 13,000 pounds.
Belowdecks, it’s all handcrafted North American maple or cherry wood and teak-and-holly cabin sole. The two-cabin layout features abundant storage. The galley to port is fit with a convenient drawer-style refrigerator and a two-burner LPG stove. A comfortable navigation station doubles as an accommodating workspace. The head features a separate shower.
On deck, the Tartan 365 allows a cruising crew or perhaps the occasional racing crew to optimize performance. The large cockpit is fit with dual, custom, carbon-fiber steering pedestals. The sailing sightlines from each steering position provide excellent visibility. All sail controls are led to housetop winches through rope clutches. Wide side decks, with double lifelines and properly placed handholds provide safe and convenient movement on deck.
Powered by a lofty carbon-fiber mast, built by Tartan sister company AMP Spars, the now tried-and-true Tartan CCR rig (Cruise Control Rig) drives the 365’s slippery hull with ease. Carbon-fiber is simply the best material for a sailboat mast and Tartan is the only performance cruising boat that is delivered with a carbon-fiber mast and boom as standard equipment. The light weight, stiffness, and strength of carbon-fiber increases stability and reduces pitching moment, all combined to deliver greater performance, safety, and comfort.
Available from Crusader Yachts, www.crusaderyachts.com. On display at D Dock at Annapolis Power Boat Show.
The Swedish-built C11 is a fast and spacious year-round commuter designed for long distance transport in high comfort. The cruise speed is between 20 and 40+ knots. The range is 205 nautical miles powered by twin Mercury V10 400hp outboards. It’s also available with fuel-efficient Volvo Penta inboards.
The Nimbus C11 has a well-balanced, air-lubricated twin stepped hull with good high-speed characteristics combined with a low-planing threshold. The hull has a sharp bow section for splitting the waves and an added “flare” that deflects water spray so that the boat runs dry.
The C11 is designed to easily transport up to 9 people fast, protected and comfortable year-round, regardless of weather conditions. The heart of the boat is the cozy spacious saloon with large light inlets and a flexible seating arrangement. The high ceiling and natural lighting in the saloon combined with fully opening side doors, open stern door and fully opened roof hatches gives the feel of an open boat.
The helm seats two people snugly. The pilot can choose to stand or sit while driving. The dashboard has space for two 12-inch plotters. Options include professional suspension seats and joystick steering.
The C11 has plenty of social areas on deck, a wide walk-around with extra generous deck space and wide passageways. The large aft deck can be used as a load surface and has a folding bench. There’s an easily accessible, vast storage space for bulky gear. The swim platform and aft deck can easily accommodate several people at the same time.
The foredeck offers room for a divan and a sun bed as well as a large cargo hatch with access to the front cabin. Thanks to the high gunwales, the foredeck can also be used as a seating area and socializing space.
Below deck you will find a fully equipped galley, two separate cabins and a spacious head with toilet and shower with sufficient headroom.
The C11 is prepared for optional air conditioning, diesel generator (genset), gyro stabilization, joystick steering, roof racks, professional suspension seats, solar panels and much more.
Available from Seattle Yachts, www.seattleyachts.com.
Power: Twin Mercury V10 400s
Jeanneau DB/43 OB
Powered by triple Mercury 350hp Verado outboards, the new Jeanneau is a 43-foot day boat that offers sporty, responsive driving, with top speeds approaching 40 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of about 28 knots. Excellent performance is accompanied by remarkable seakeeping abilities and comfortable cruising, notably due to the hull design by renowned marine architect Michael Peters, with its Scan-inspired “axehead” bow.
The helm station features an expansive dash with room for two large screens.
A companionway leads down to the spacious owner’s cabin forward that provides a double V-berth and a private head and shower. Guests can luxuriate in a central cabin stretching across the full 12-foot beam, equipped with a double berth and a settee that can double as a single berth. At the foot of the companionway there’s a below-decks galley that Jeanneau describes as a “breakfast point.” It provides extra worktop and space for an optional microwave, fridge and coffeemaker. In an alternative layout, this area is occupied by a day head.
In the airy cockpit, an inviting saloon accommodates up to eight people around a modular table. There’s a well-equipped central island galley. The foredeck features a broad sunpad. On the aft deck, another sunpad shifts to form facing settees on either side of a teak dining table. That whole seating console lifts up to reveal a cavernous lazarette for stowing bulky water toys. But the most innovative features are the “wings” formed when sections of the bulwarks fold down port and starboard to dramatically broaden the aft deck on either side of the boat.
The Jeanneau comes equipped with an onboard Seanapps unit. Using its mobile application, owners can track the boat’s data on their smartphone, including monitoring tank level, scheduling maintenance, geofencing, and much more.
Available from Chesapeake Yacht Center, www.chesapeakeyachtcenter.com.
LENGTH OVERALL: 44’5″
DISPLACEMENT: 21,716 lb
WEIGHT: 28,499 lb.
FUEL CAPACITY: 342 US Gal
POWER: Triple Mercury